This Victorian cottage has been completely transformed with a contemporary timber extension

Adding a contemporary timber extension to this 19th century terraced house has dramatically improved the space, light, and flow of the property

When the owners of this 19th century cottage in Wandsworth originally had an extension fitted, they were left with draughts, leaks, and disappointment. Understandably, they were determined not to make the same mistakes twice.

Like many London Victorian terrace houses, this home had disparate internal floor levels, limited natural light, and poor connectivity to the rear garden. The owners asked an architect to design a new extension for them, to repair the faults and open up the rear of the house to make the garden more accessible.

Waind Gohil + Potter Architects designed a contemporary two-storey extension that would resolve these issues while remaining sympathetic in form with the neighbouring terraces. They chose to clad the exterior façade with Kebony timber, a durable and hardwearing wood that is environmentally sustainable and develops an aesthetically pleasing silver-grey patina over time.

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house with garden in front yard

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Inside, the impressive structure comprises exposed beams and a polished concrete floor in keeping with the industrial trend. Large sliding doors on the ground floor connect the spacious kitchen to the rear garden, improving flow and allowing natural light and air to enter the property and circulate more freely.

house with polished concrete floor

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On the first floor, large wrap-around windows have been added, offering views across the treetops from the new, light and airy home office. A skylight has been built into the side extension to further improve natural light downstairs.

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house with wrap around windows

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house surrounding by garden

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A living roof is the cherry on top of this extension, providing insulation and working to ensure that the cost of heating the new spaces is kept to a minimum.

This is what the extension looked like before the transformation:

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As this property proves, extensions are an excellent way of adding space, light, and value to your property. Remember to seek planning permission first, and always find an architect and a builder you can trust.